Dhaka, Oct 30 (UNB) - The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) on Tuesday announced to refrain from attending court activities for four hours on Wednesday protesting the High Court order that extended the jail term of Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to 10 years from five years.
SCBA President Zainul Abedin came up with the announcement at a press conference, held at its office, to boycott the court activities from 9 am till 1 pm.
The SCBA President threatened to resist those who will try to obstruct their programme. “We’ll go for tougher programme, if needed,” he added.
Senior lawyer and BNP vice-chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, SCBA secretary and BNP joint secretary general barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and leaders of the association were present.
Earlier in the day, the High Court extended the jail term of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case to 10 years from five years.
The ailing BNP chief is now undergoing medical treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday hoped that the people of the country will surely reelect Awami League in the next election for the continuation of development.
“In the next election, people will surely vote for Boat, InshaAllah…we seek votes for Boat so that they reelect us to complete the unfinished development projects,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the extended building of National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city.
Sheikh Hasina said if Awami League is not reelected in the next election, all the unfinished development projects would face the same fate of community clinics.
“Returning to power in 2001, the BNP-Jamaat alliance had shut down all the community clinics although the clinics were providing excellent services to the mass people,” she said.
She mentioned that many development projects taken by the 1996-2001 AL government was closed down by the BNP-Jamaat regime and Awami League government after assuming office in 2009 completed those and opened to people.
Putting emphasis on the continuation of the government for the sake of the country’s development, Hasina said the pace that Bangladesh has gained through numerous development projects during the tenure of the present government will have to be maintained.
“The people of the country will get their desired services and welfare of the people will be ensured,” the Prime Minister said.
Stressing the importance of modernizing medicare services, Hasina described the various development projects taken by her government to upgrade the country’s health sector. “It’s our responsibility to serve people and we’ll provide a beautiful prosperous life to them.”
Hasina emphasized the need for a developed hospital waste management system and mentioned that the government is taking various steps to this end. “This is urgently needed. I’ll request all, including doctors, nurses, patients and attendants, to remain cautious about it.”
She said the government has resumed community clinic services and some 18,000 community clinics and union healthcare centers are currently operated with providing 30 types of free medicines to patients.
Hasina said that the introduction of free healthcare services on cellular phone and the telemedicine to the hospital have gained huge popularity.
Talking about the development of medicare services, she said 16 new government and five new army medical colleges have been set up in the country since 2009.
“We’ll establish one medical university in each divisional headquarters.”
The Prime Minister said 362 new posts for orthopedics have been created in Nitor and other medical colleges.
Chaired by Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, the inaugural function was also addressed by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ministry Zahid Maleque, Nitor Director Prof Dr M Abdul Gani Mollah and Health Services Division Secretary Md Serajul Huq Khan.
Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) – Terming the verdict in Zia Charitable Trust graft case a ‘dictated’ one, BNP on Monday alleged that its Chairperson Khaleda has been convicted as per the government’s ‘desire’ to keep her away from next general election.
Nearly an hour after the lower court verdict in the case, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a press conference at their Nayapaltan central office also said Khaleda was denied justice in a ‘fabricated’ case.
“We think Khaleda Zia has been convicted illegally without any document and witness in a fabricated case out of political vengeance to keep her away from politics. The dictated verdict was given so that she (Khaleda) can’t take part in the upcoming election,” the BNP leader said.
He alleged that the government’s desire and the ministers’ remarks about the case have been reflected in the verdict. “We turn down the verdict.”
Fakhrul said justice was not ensured in any way through the verdict. “Khaleda Zia has been deprived of justice.”
Earlier in the day, a court here sentenced Khaleda Zia and three others to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment each in the much-talked-about Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
The court also fined them Tk 10 lakh each, in default, to suffer six months more in jail.
Neither any defence lawyer nor Khaleda was present at the court when the verdict was delivered.
Fakhrul questioned the validity of the verdict as it was given in absence of their sick chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“The verdict was given when our leader was receiving treatment at a hospital for her ailment. It’s against the law. As per the law, the verdict must be given in presence of the accused persons who are in police custody. But, the verdict was given in absence of her,” he said.
Fakhrul said the trial in the case was also held ‘illegally’ by shifting the court in Old Dhaka Central Jail when Khaleda was unable to appear before the court due to her illness.
The BNP leader said their party will stage demonstrations in all metropolitan cities and district towns on Tuesday protesting Khaleda’s conviction in the case.
Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) - BNP on Monday announced a three-day countrywide programme protesting the conviction of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at night.
As part of the programmes, the party will stage demonstrations on Tuesday while form human chain programmes on Wednesday and observe a token mass-hunger strike on Thursday in all metropolitan cities and district towns.
In the capital, the party will form the one-hour human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club from 11am on Wednesday and observe the hunger strike either at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh or Mahanagar Natya Mancha on Thursday from 1pm to 4pm.
Earlier in the day, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced only demonstration programme in all metropolitan cities and district towns for Tuesday.
However, BNP standing committee member at a meeting in the evening extended programmes for two more days.
Meanwhile, a group of BNP leaders and activists brought out a procession in front of the BNP office, protesting the verdict that convicted Khaleda in the case.
A court here sentenced BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment each in the much-talked-about Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.
Dhaka, Oct 29 (UNB) - After holding its public rallies in Sylhet and Chattogram, Jatiya Oikyafront led by Dr Kamal Hossain, has decided to hold another rally in the capital on November 2 to push for its seven-point demand, including holding the next national election under a non-party government.
On behalf of the Oikyafront, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office here on Monday.
He said they will hold the rally either at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office subject to permission of the authorities concerned.
Earlier, the Oikyafront held two public rallies in Sylhet and Chattogram on October 24 and 27 respectively.
Dr Kamal Hossain on Sunday sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking dialogue over the national election.
The Oikyafront sent another letter to Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader urging the ruling party to engage in dialogue ahead of the election.